Pick your topic or theme for your term paper. Make sure that it’s complex enough to warrant the use of headings. Construct a thesis statement for your paper.
Research the topic you’ve chosen, and find information to support your thesis. Since your term paper will have headings, research each subject required to write your paper. Take separate notes on each topic, and write down as much relevant information as you can.
Create an outline for your term paper. The structure of the outline organizes the paper’s body and helps you create the correct name for your heading. Headings should always use a descriptive word so the reader knows the subject of each section before reading it. Give each of the headings its own section, and include a brief sentence that states why that heading is there. For each heading include a brief description of what the heading topic is. Include examples and research to support the heading. If each section feels like it’s a little too detailed, feel free to create subheadings in your outline. Then include another brief sentence in the outline to tie in the heading to the main thesis. Remember that you want all of the headings to follow the thesis. Here’s an example of an outline:
I. Introduction A. Thesis 1. Summary of ideas 2. List of examples 3. Research
II. Body A. Heading 1 1. Idea 2. Mini-thesis 3. Idea 4. Explanation 5. Research
B. Heading 2 1. Idea 2. Mini-thesis 3. Idea 4. Explanation 5. Research
C. Heading 3 1. Idea 2. Mini-thesis 3. Idea 4. Explanation 5. Research
III. Conclusion A. Concluding statement or idea 1. Brief summary of why thesis is correct 2. Concluding details
Begin writing the first draft of your term paper. Follow the outline’s organization when you write, and format your paper in the same manner. Use all of the same headings in the paper that you used in the outline.
Expand each of the sections under your headings in detail. Stick to the format, and include supporting ideas for each of the headings and the research from your notes. Make sure everything in each section is relevant to each heading. Also, just like in the outline, tie in each section to the thesis, since the headings are there only to support your main topic. Elaborate on why you’re including the heading or subject in the paper.
Edit and proofread your paper when you’re finished writing. Revise it and begin your second draft, and repeat until your paper is ready.